Governor Profiles

Mandy Howarth


Having been born in the south of England I moved to live and work in Lancashire in 1975. I knew Preston well though as my father grew up here and my grandmother lived just off Watling Street Road. Before I retired in 2011, I worked in schools across Lancashire as a teacher and latterly on a consultancy basis for LCC on the Healthy Schools initiative. I was keen to become in a School Governor to maintain my contact with schools and young people and use some of my experience to help schools provide the best opportunities possible for all pupils. 

Deborah Hall

Vice chair

My son, Mason, has attended Acorns School since the age of two. I have always found it to be a caring and supportive community and would like to contribute to the future decision making to ensure that the parent’s perspective is heard. Being a working mum of three boys, I have a good understanding of the demands and pressures parents and carers face on a day to day basis and I feel this puts me in a good position to be able to represent our experiences effectively. I have lived and worked in the local area for over 25 years. This gives me a strong interest in the school and local community and a commitment to ensuring the best possible outcomes for children.

Joan Parkin

Lancashire has been my home since 1967. Since then, I have worked in primary and special schools, until I finally left the classroom in 2008. I then became a volunteer for Sue Ryder. I bring to Acorns the experience of supporting, encouraging and above all caring for children, as a mother, granny and teacher. I have served as a governor at Moorfield School, and chose to join Acorns when it became a GLD school I am proud to be part of this inspiring school, and visit whenever it is possible.

Sean Carlisle

I have lived in Preston all my life and work full time for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. I came across Acorns in 2010 when we were looking for a special needs school for our daughter to attend. We visited several schools but Acorns stood out from the rest because of the warm welcome and time they gave us. I was delighted and honoured when in 2012 I became a Parent Governor.

Shaun Jukes

Hi, my name is Shaun Jukes and I am the Headteacher of Sir Tom Finney Community High School, which is the school most Acorns pupils move to for their secondary education. I have been a governor at Acorns school for some time and in a reciprocal arrangement the Headteacher of Acorns is on our Governing Body.  Being a governor at Acorns is most beneficial to being able to keep abreast of educational developments within the Early Years and Primary sector and it supports close collaboration and transition planning between the two schools.  Outside of school my leisure time is divided between home, walking our two spaniels and running both short and long distance races.

Dr Rukhsana Ahmed

I worked as a Consultant Community Paediatrician in Preston, specialising in Paediatric Neuro-disability and Autism. I recently retired after 31 years in the NHS. I have two sons and one granddaughter and enjoy gardening and cooking.

Christian Worsley

I am on the teaching staff at Acorns Primary School and I currently teach Oak who are a Year 6 class. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of working with pupils to help them develop academically, physically, and socially, and I am lucky to have a great team of TAs to help the children achieve their goals.  In my twenty years in teaching, I have taught secondary MFL, and both mainstream and SEN primary; I also spent a year teaching English in France to pupils in the secondary and tertiary phases, which gave me much insight into how children learn in another country.  Throughout my career, I have enjoyed leading different whole-school or cohort projects, such as the International School Award, and I have taken on a variety of middle management roles. I have also led and been involved in many local, national and international school visits. These range from maths-focused trips to the local shops, to language exchanges and Duke of Edinburgh expedition work.  My current role is definitely my favourite. In addition to working with my Year 6 pupils, I am the school’s EAL, humanities and MFL Coordinator; I also support the headteacher with EVC duties. I am pleased to be on the Governance Board of the school, and my particular strengths lie in the curriculum.  In my free time I enjoy mountain walking, cycling, cinema and reading. 

Emma Lowe

Mummy to amazing boys and a daughter, who are my world!  I have 2 little boys who attend Acorns School, twins aged 4. My boys are in Seedlings class and are cared for by wonderful staff.  I feel being a mummy to two little boys with additional needs will help me understand what's needed within the school. I have a good heart and always believe in "Treating people how I would like to be treated" Believing in kindness and being helpful in any way possible. We belong!  I fully understand the busy lifestyle we lead as SEN parents and the fight we always have for our children, simply to get what they need in life.  As a parent myself I have had my ups and downs, I've had tears and I've had laughter, but most of all I've had sheer joy watching the milestones our children take.  I feel my part as a governor will be to help not only my own children but all the children in the school to become the best they possibly can, and to learn life skills in the fabulous school we are blessed to be part of. I feel I can be the voice for us parents and  for our children and be totally well as support/fight for what's needed to give our children the best start in life!  I love being a mummy and want the best for our children and I'm willing to give my best to support the school with all they do. 

Jessica Miller

I have worked at Acorns as a class teacher since September 2010. I currently teach in Ash class, a year 4 and 5 class. Since starting at Acorns, I have worked in different key stage 2 classes, as well as being music subject leader. I’ve been involved in Christmas productions, starting a school choir, organising music sharing events and recently starting a school band! Before working at Acorns Primary, I taught in a mainstream school in Clitheroe and I have worked as a Teaching Assistant supporting children with SEN. Since starting at Acorns I have become a Mummy to two beautiful children. In our spare time, we love to go on family days out, walk our dog and I take part in different running events, with the children cheering me on! I am delighted to be part of the governing body and I hope to use my experience as a teaching assistant, teacher and mother for our school’s benefit.

Latest News

13 November 2018

Beat Radio Christmas Lights Switch On

7 November 2018

Case study from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

6 November 2018

Christmas Parents Group

Upcoming Events

7 December 2018

Christmas Jumper Day

11 December 2018, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Parents Group Christmas Crafts

13 December 2018, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Christmas Bingo